Meet the 2017 Team – Paddy!

Hey, I’m Padraig. I’m going to be a freshman at the Middleton high school. This is my first time to Alaska.

I have been involved in many Blackhawk mission trips before. I’ve gone to the homegroups and loved them.

I have one sister, a dad, a mom, and a dog. I’m going to Alaska because I want to serve the community and teen people about God,  and for me to get closer to Him. When I was seven I fell out a two story window, cracked my head open, and almost died. But I believed God saved me for a reason.

I’d like to thank everyone for helping us reach our goal for the trip.

Meet the 2017 Team – Kristin

Hi friends (and soon to be friends),

Chances are some of you reading this have entrusted your loved on with me. That’s AWESOME!!! Thank you!! My name is Kristin. and I love Jesus, coffee, and pork rinds. (Seriously, I just tried them and they are CrAzY good.) I love to laugh and am so excited that I get the amazing opportunity to be a leader on this trip. At first,  I wasn’t sure if I should apply to be a leader and come on this trip, but once I heard the passion and the vision that the  family had running camp,


I was SOLD! I am so excited to see what this journey has to offer!

Beyond being surrounded by this wonderful team, and seeing God work in their hearts and lives already, I am super stoked because my son Hagen, is also on this team! It will be our first mission trip, and our first time to Alaska! I love spending time with him in all of his activities, but watching him develop his own relationship with Christ and walk this path on his own is by far my favorite.

Thanks so much for all of your support!
Please enjoy the blog, our sharing stories, and pray for us on this adventure.


Ps – I promise that your loved one will laugh at least once when we are together if I have anything to say about it! I also promise that they will all be encouraged and prayed for (some more than others if the need arises) on this trip. 😉

Meet the 2017 Team – Landon!

Hi, my name is Landon.

I was born in Utah and lived there since I was 12. We moved out to Wisconsin and I love it. The people are so nice. Right now I am currently 13, almost 14. I love to ski, wakeboard and play baseball. I have 3 older siblings (I’m the youngest by 11 years.) I decided to go on this trip because it sounded fun and I can’t wait to help people and build relationships through and with the Alaskan children.


Meet the 2017 Team – Anthony!

Hello my name is Anthony,

Sometimes I feel like a middle school student trapped inside an adult body. I often think this is why I’m called to serve with middle school students.

In my free time I enjoy sports and games of all kinds, especially soccer and bowling. My favorite way to care for others is to listen. My favorite way to be cared for is through phsyical activities such as cooking, hiking, and cleaning together.

I am excited about Alaska becuase I want to be paret of a ministry that will grow and flouris through community involvement. So when I was invited to help lead this team I knew I needed to involve my community. This mission is a tangible way to connect the community I love (Madison) with a community I have gotten to know better (Alaska).

My goal (one of them) is to find someone who enjoys Star Trek as much as I do. I’m also born and raised in Minnesota therefore I am a Vikings fan. Sorry, Packers. However, I do consider myself a Badger Fan.


Meet the 2017 Team – Hagen!

Hi. My name is Hagen. I was born in Odessa, Texas. I lived there for about a year and a half, then moved to Wisconsin. on my free timeI play football, baseball, skateboard and a ton of things that are active. I love being outside in nature. I am 12 years old and in the 6th grade. I go to Glacier Creek Middle School.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this trip.

Meet the 2017 Team – Misha!

Hi, I’m Misha,
I’m going into the  7th grade next year and am very excited. This trip is a big milestone for me because it will be my first time out of the continental U.S.A. I am so excited for this trip because I have always thought it looked so cool! When i was in elementary ministries I thought it was only for 8th graders. Once I got to middle school and realized it was for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders I knew I had to try to sign up. To be honest, I didn’t really expect to be picked, but now that I am, I can’t be more happy. It will be so great to get away from everything and help the community of Sutton. Between my dance (mostly ballet), viola, and obsession of drawing it will be great to get away.

Thanks for everything family, friends and supporters!
Yours truly,


Meet the 2017 Team – Makae!

Well life in general, for me, is laid out like this…I am the youngest child (really the youngest entirely) in my family.  I have an older brother that I look up to very much – both his ‘wild’ side and his mellow side, and between.  I have parents that I am very close to and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I am involved in many church activities and I love being involved with each and every one of these truly amazing people, who challenge me to be a better person.  I babysit for a family that I absolutely love and adore.

Life has brought me many blessings & I admittedly don’t thank God enough for them all.  Though my life is not perfect, I indeed have been given many amazing opportunities ~ like this Alaska mission.  Although I will miss the loud music coming from my brothers’ room at night, the sweet notes I wake to each morning from my Dad and daily conversations with my Mom, I know this trip is truly a gift from God.  I am excited to see how God uses me on this mission and what He has in store for me.  I ask for prayer – not only for me, but for our entire mission team – that we may serve God’s purpose – just as He would have it.